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what to eat after stomach flu

Hello all,

I am finally feeling up to eating after 6 days of the worst case of the Stomach Flu in recent memory. I have subsisted on dry toast.

Now that I feel like I could eat something and not die ... I don't know where to start. Any foods that you'd recommend that are easy to digest?

Also, now that I'm the emptiest I've ever been, I feel obligated to keep with some clean eating! Although, I wouldn't recommend this particular form of fasting to ANYONE. oh, ouch.


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Mar. 14th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
yogurt or bananas.
Mar. 14th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
I'd think whole grains like quinoa or brown rice would be a good thing to eat -- good balance of protein and nutrients and easy on the tummy.
Mar. 14th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
When my stomach is upset I eat organic hard boiled eggs. Oatmeal might be good too.
Mar. 14th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Bland is your friend right now! :) I usually stick to rice, plain chicken (if you eat it), boiled veggies, and of course toast. I hope you continue to feel a bit better!
Mar. 14th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
My kids doctor always recommends the BRAT diet. Bananas, plain rice, applesauce and toast. Some toast and honey would be nice.
Mar. 14th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Applesauce is your friend - esp the kind with no added sugar. Warm it up a bit, maybe add a dash of cinnamon? Wonderful comfort food, and gentle on a tender tummy. If you need it sweeter, drizzle a little bit of honey in.
Mar. 14th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
do NOT eat yogurt. stay away from dairy, seriously
Mar. 14th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
My doctor told me the same thing. Something about the enzymes that are needed to digest dairy being flushed away when you have a nasty round of any GI problems, making lactose not so easy on your belly after being sick.
Mar. 15th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
yogurt or other cultured dairy products like kefir may not be so bad though, because the culturing process breaks down lactose.
Mar. 15th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
interesting. My doctor did say to try to get some acidophilus (sp?) but suggested pill form rather than yogurt (due to the lactose). Honestly, I didn't try either, but found it interesting because I hadn't heard to not eat dairy on an icky stomach before. Personally, I tend to crave ice cream after having a blechy stomach... so that goes right against the dairy no no.
Mar. 14th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
I know that sometimes my stomach can't take bananas alone. Crackers, toast and clear broth soups (chicken noodle is my favorite) are what I truly love when I can't hold much down.

You don't need a lot of fiber right now, since you haven't been eating much so don't worry about that. If you eat too much fiber you won't feel great at all.
Mar. 14th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...actually, when my stomach is being *really* bad, I always find that baked potatoes are about the best thing ever. Just a tiny bit of butter/salt/pepper. I swear, there have been times I would have just wasted away with baked potatoes!
Mar. 14th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
I was gonna recommend mashed potatoes. I have had times I've lived on them. I usually get the instant kind, 'cause I'm poor and have no place to store a bag of potatoes, but yeah. Yams = same idea.
Mar. 14th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Erm, "without" baked potatoes, that is.

And as ladyceleste added, sometimes mashed as well, made with a bit of chicken broth instead all the usual milk and butter.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
This. Baked potatoes are awesome on a sour stomach.
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Mar. 15th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Yes, you could make this savory or sweet (like oatmeal). You can google 'congee' recipes to get some rice porridge/ gruel recipes.
Mar. 14th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
you should try the BRAT diet- bananas, rice, applesauce, toast.

it's meant for diarrhea but i use it for nausea too. it sounds iffy but it actually works. weak tea is also a good place to start.
Mar. 14th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
well cooked rice (especially jook or in soup), very ripe bananas (not green ones, they are harder to digest), applesauce (not fresh fruit -- harder to digester, and unsweetened is easiest to digest), soup, soft cooked eggs (scrambled, fried, poached,soft boiled -- hardboiled can be harder to digest), dry toast (some ppl dont do wellwith wheat when their digestion is off. food4life rice bread makes good toast).

lots of fluids, but no caffeine (caffeine free teas are fine). if you still feel urpy, foods with ginger can help a lot (i love to add soem to soup, etc).

if you've had diahrea or vomiting, make sure you get some electrolytes (sodium, potassium, a tiny bit of sugar -- or just get a pre-made electrolyte replacer)

things to avoid: raw fruit and veg (including salads), wheat (if you seem to have trouble digesting it), processed foods, heavy or big meals (having snacky sizes til your digestion is back at 100% keeps from stressing it so much), sweets (because you need good nutrition now to keep healing and sweets are mostly empty calories), much fat (it slows down digestion, and when one's digestion is already wonky that's not always good)

many healing vibes sent your way!
Mar. 15th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)

its rachel.
Mar. 15th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
HEY Rachel!
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